Paul Named To 2006 ITA All-America Team
June 2, 2006
Princeton, N.J. - Wake Forest junior Todd Paul earned a place on the 2006 ITA All-America Team, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Friday. Paul qualified for the honor by finishing the season ranked the ITA's top 20.
Paul becomes Wake Forest's first singles All-American since Gilles Ameline in 1990 and only the second in program history.
Players can qualify for All-America status one of three ways. They must be a top 16 seed in NCAA Singles Championships or reach round of 16 in NCAA Singles Championships or; finish in the top 20 of the final Fila rankings.
The native of Stamford, Conn., finished his junior season with a 27-14 record. He reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships before bowing out fellow All-American, Ryler DeHeart of Illinois.
Ranked 18th when the NCAA Singles bracket was released, Paul just missed on being one of the field's top 16 seeds.
Paul was ranked between 10th and 18th all spring. He peaked at number 10 on March 7 while on a season-long six-match winning streak. His final ranking of 20th was his low water mark in 2006, but still good enough to earn the All-America honor.
Twenty of Paul's 41 matches this season came against players who qualified for the NCAA Singles field. In meetings against the invited 64 players, Paul registered an 9-11 mark. Six of those losses, however, came against opponents ranked in the top 10. His landmark win this season came against 10th-ranked Raian Luchici of North Carolina in March.
Paul, along with former Deacon Derrick Spice, is one of two players in Wake Forest history to be selected to the All-ACC team three straight years. He was also the 2004 ACC Rookie of the Year.